His­tory in the mak­ing

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A new pro­duc­tion ex­plores the his­tory of the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre.

FROM a de­struc­tive and con­fin­ing build­ing to a place full of ideas and cre­ativ­ity, WAAPA stu­dents will look back at the his­tory of the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre in a new pro­duc­tion.

House on the Hill was writ­ten and di­rected by Lon­don’s Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art (RADA) as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Nona Shep­phard, who said it rep­re­sented the four dif­fer­ent eras of the build­ing.

“It was built by con­victs as an asy­lum first, then it changed use to a women’s home in the late 19th cen­tury,” she said.

“Dur­ing World War II it housed Amer­i­can sol­diers. Af­ter many years it was in such a ruin that there were talks of it be­ing de­mol­ished.

“It was saved and re­stored and now it’s an arts cen­tre.”

The au­di­ence will ex­plore the build­ing while watch­ing sto­ries from each era.

Shep­phard said there were many chal­lenges, in­clud­ing get­ting to know the stu­dents and the space.

“We want to show how art, theatre and per­for­mances changes lives,” she said.

The first-time vis­i­tor to Perth said she was very im­pressed with the WAAPA stu­dents.

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House on the Hill di­rec­tor Nona Shep­phard (cen­tre) with per­form­ers Jono Bat­tista and David Vik­man.

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